Okay, I'm enjoying the Inheritance series, and I admire Christopher Paolini for being in high school and able to write this well, really I do. But honOkay, I'm enjoying the Inheritance series, and I admire Christopher Paolini for being in high school and able to write this well, really I do. But honestly the one scene that stands out for me in this book is the totally pandering-to-the-movies slapstick scene in which Saphira gets the hiccups. Now really. Why?
Also it crashed my Kindle, something no other book has done so far....more
I was so glad to read this one at last. I LOVE Daja, of all the four Circle characters. I don't know exactly why she appeals to me--I'm much more likeI was so glad to read this one at last. I LOVE Daja, of all the four Circle characters. I don't know exactly why she appeals to me--I'm much more like Sandry and a little bit like Tris, and not very much like Daja at all, but she's the one of the four (I like Briar too, and I admire him, but I don't relate at all personally--he kinda reminds me of my little brother, though) that I really enjoy reading about. The story was quite satisfying, and the ending was satisfying, though I wished there had been a way to not know who was burning the buildings as I was reading. But knowing gave me insight into the character, so it served a real purpose.
And now I'm officially out of Tammy's books until the second Beka Cooper book is published later this month. Sigh. Wait wait wait......more
Went to the library for this one. Wish the publisher had chosen a print size a little more friendly to my aging eyes. :)
I like Tris and I'm glad I fouWent to the library for this one. Wish the publisher had chosen a print size a little more friendly to my aging eyes. :)
I like Tris and I'm glad I found out what happened to create Chime, whom I met in The Will of the Empress. I also really enjoyed the true mystery element of this book--the other three all kind of gave the mystery away to the reader--although I was a little disappointed that the criminal in this story wasn't a significant character so there was really no way to solve the crime on your own in anticipation of the ending.
I really enjoyed this book. I love Tammy Pierce's books in general--they're always a good read, they're interesting. I liked the Circle of Magic serieI really enjoyed this book. I love Tammy Pierce's books in general--they're always a good read, they're interesting. I liked the Circle of Magic series very well, and found the four young mages and their linked nature very satisfying as protagonists.
But this book was a cut above the original four Circle books. The plot was fast-paced and the writing seemed to begin to seek a more mature audience. I liked the young dance mage, Pasco, although he didn't have as much personality as Evvy in Street Magic (but this may be because of the audio version, and my recent reading of Melting Stones. I had a hard time putting this book down....more
This is one of my all-time favorite L'Engle books.
As protagonists go, I love Poly/Polly O'Keefe more than any of the other L'Engle main characters excThis is one of my all-time favorite L'Engle books.
As protagonists go, I love Poly/Polly O'Keefe more than any of the other L'Engle main characters except Meg. Even if Polly keeps going out with Zachary Gray (duh!).
I love the settings of this book: one of the islands of the Carolinas, a beautiful place, and Greece, one of the places I long to go.
And I love Max. Maxamiliana Horne. Who is special and real and fascinating and loving and helped me start, when I was a mildly angry young person, to accept a close family member who is a Lesbian.
From the perspective of now, when the Gay and Lesbian community is prominent and things like Prop 8 raise a hue and cry of dismay, it seems weird that anyone might ever have had such feelings, but I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, when we did not talk of these things, and having someone in my family who was gay--but not openly so, because we did not talk of these things--was very difficult.
And then Madeleine, whom I trusted and loved through her books, said to me through the character of Max that it's okay to love someone who loves differently... and I began slowly to accept. This book brought healing to me in a way that no human being did as I was struggling to understand....more
I have so many of Madeleine's books on my list to review, and I can't do them all tonight, so I'll start where I started--with Meg and Charles WallaceI have so many of Madeleine's books on my list to review, and I can't do them all tonight, so I'll start where I started--with Meg and Charles Wallace and Calvin O'Keefe and the three Mrs. W's and the scary planet Camazotz.
I loved this book as a child; I love it still, but its pages are worn now with multiple readings and I see it more as the allegory L'Engle was writing than as the very real world I nearly physically experienced as a rather lonely pre-teenager. I don't often visualize well--I get little flashes of what the author is describing, but I don't really SEE it--but I can see the Murry home, the vegetable garden, the big Great Dane, the star-watching rock, the dry stone wall with its black-snake inhabitant, Louise.
I wanted to go there, I wanted to be stretched and sucked into the world where the Beasts lived, and where Mrs. Whatsit turned into the centaur-like creature and took them to see the Dark Thing, and to meet the Happy Medium in a cave. I know I'm scarcely the only reader to have had such a visceral response to this book. I have never since lived in a world as I did in the one Madeleine created--not only in this book but in all her books, because even when the worlds are unlikely, they are all interconnected in fascinating ways. I wrote fan-fic before anyone had heard of such a thing.
I tried several times to meet Madeleine, but it never worked out in my favor, and now her physical death has made meeting in this life rather unlikely. But through her books she has been a strong influence and a mentor, and I miss her presence on this planet and hope that whatever sense she gains in her next life is just as good and important as sight is to us....more
I got this book Saturday and read it Saturday. It's not a taxing or very long read, but it's quite a lot of fun. Hermione Granger did a very nice tranI got this book Saturday and read it Saturday. It's not a taxing or very long read, but it's quite a lot of fun. Hermione Granger did a very nice translation from the Ancient Runes, and it's always interesting to read Dumbledore's commentary.
Of course as a Muggle I've never read most of these stories before (except for "The Tale of the Three Brothers." I'd heard of them, and I'm very happy to have finally read "The Tale of Babbity Rabbity," because the title was so silly it's nice to have something to link it to.
Seriously. If you're a Harry Potter fan, this is quite worth the $10 you'll pay for a hardcover edition (especially when a generous cut of the profits goes to the Children's High Level Group, a service organization helping children in foster-care/orphanage placements throughout Europe. I had a rather difficult time reading "The Tale of the Three Brothers" without inserting Ron and Harry's interruptions from The Deathly Hallows, but the notes on that one are particularly interesting considering what they don't give away....more
Prisoner of Azkaban still stands as my favorite of the series. I mean, all of them are brilliant, and the series as a whole is brilliant, but I enjoyPrisoner of Azkaban still stands as my favorite of the series. I mean, all of them are brilliant, and the series as a whole is brilliant, but I enjoy the plot of this book more than any of the others. It's more of a classic mystery format than the others; it's the first of the series that really gives a clue about the high level of complexity Rowling is capable of providing; and the time travel sequence makes sense, unlike almost every time travel sequence in the history of literature.
This is the book in which Harry begins to grow up, and in reading it I started to understand that these books are not simply children's books. That indeed there is deep planning behind these books (Sirius Black is mentioned in the first chapter of PS/SS... it seems casual at the time, but of course it is not!). That there is something to analyze in the series, rather than it being a cool read.
The time travel/mystery sequence at the end of the book is some of the nicest writing in the series, and perhaps in all of young adult literature. The setup for the mystery, woven throughout the book and indeed throughout the series... Peter Pettigrew as Scabbers the Rat... Sirius Black... the animosity between Snape, Lupin, and Sirius... the Time Turner. And somehow Dumbledore, with his easy grasp on the reins of Harry's future, knows what is happening throughout and helps orchestrate Sirius's great escape on Buckbeak.
Incidentally, this is the movie where I start to dislike the portrayal of Dumbledore. Even more in the fourth movie, but it starts here: the placid nature that should enfuse Dumbledore doesn't anymore. He gets upset, starts acting. I don't like. Feh....more
**spoiler alert** I'll start at the end, then. My first Harry Potter review for GoodReads.
This book was just the right ending for this life-altering s**spoiler alert** I'll start at the end, then. My first Harry Potter review for GoodReads.
This book was just the right ending for this life-altering series. Harry, Ron, and Hermione became living-breathing-human-beings over the course of seven books, and I went to a bookstore at midnight for the first time in my life to get a book that I then came home and read a hundred pages before my eyes closed of their own accord. The next day I kicked my family out of my house and read until I was finished. Then I had to loan the book to my husband, a good friend, and my mother before I could read it again, and I love these people but they are not as deeply invested in Harry and his world as I am.
I'm glad I have reread. Moments that hold power for me are: Hedwig's and Dobby's deaths--Moody's too, although because we weren't sure he was gone for so long, it wasn't as powerful a reaction. But all you have to say to me is "Here lies Dobby, a free elf" and I'll just burst out into tears. Yeah, I'm doing it now. Harry becoming Teddy's godfather, which healed so many wounds in just one small gesture. Percy's return to the fold. Harry's self-sacrifice, and Dumbledore's clay feet.
On re-read, the endless camping trip holds up. The first time I read I kept thinking, Oh, come on, let something else happen please! But that must have just been my eagerness to get to the Battle of Hogwarts, already, because when I went back to read again, I found that actually quite a lot happens during the camping expedition, and it's not at all slow.
And the Epilogue that everyone got into such a flap about? I love it. The last tearing-up moment in the book for me was when Harry called his middle child by his full name: Albus Severus. Yeah. So very right. I too wanted to find out what Harry and his friends did after, and how the world went on, but Rowling was absolutely right not to put it into the Epilogue, where it would have dragged on and on and made people happy on the first read (OOH, Ginny played for the Holyhead Harpies! I knew it!), but rightfully critical upon literary examination.
Incidentally, while "Dumbledore" is still highlighted as misspelled by my browser, "Hogwarts" is not. Small ways in which Harry Potter has changed the world. Muggles. Nope, that one is still unknown to the browser's dictionary. :)...more